2. Check your teen's blood pressure and possibly hearing.
3. Do a screeningtest to check for signs of depression.
4. Ask questions, address concerns, and offer advice about your teen's:
Eating. Teens should begin making healthy food choices on their own. Encourage your teen to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day and avoid sweet, salty, and fatty foods. Calcium and vitamin D are important for bone growth during growth spurts. Aim for 3 daily servings of low-fat dairy products (or fortified soy milk) to provide 1,300 milligrams of calcium.
Sleeping. Teens need about 8–10 hours of sleep per night. Poor sleep is common and can hurt grades and athletic performance. Biological changes make teens want to stay up later, but early school start times can make it hard for them to get enough sleep. Encourage your child to follow a relaxing bedtime routine, and keep TVs and all electronic devices out of your teen's bedroom.
not always connect their actions with future consequences
want to be independent and fit in with peers
focus on personal appearance and behavior
want to engage in risky behaviors
5. Do an exam. This will include looking at the skin, listening to the heart and lungs, checking the back for any curvature of the spine, and looking for puberty development. A parent, caregiver, or chaperone should be present during this part of the exam. Siblings should stay in the waiting room to give your teen privacy.
6. Update immunizations.Immunizations can protect people from serious illnesses, so it's important that your teen get them on time. Immunization schedules can vary from office to office, so talk to your doctor about what to expect.
Teens should always wear a seatbelt while in a vehicle. Tell your teen to never get into a car with a driver who has been drinking or doing drugs. Instead, let your teen know to always call you for help.
Remind your teen to wear a helmet while riding a bike, skateboard, or scooter. Your teen should wear the right protective equipment, like mouth guards and pads, when playing sports.
Teens should apply sunscreen of SPF 30 at least 15 minutes before going outside and reapply about every 2 hours.
Monitor your teen's Internet use. Keep the family computer in a place where you can watch what your teen is doing. Install safety filters and check the browser history to see what websites your teen visits.
Prevent gun injuries by not keeping a gun in the home. If you do have a gun, keep it unloaded and locked away. Ammunition should be locked up separately. Make sure kids can't get to the keys.
Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about your living situation. Do you have the things that you need to take care of your teen? Do you have enough food, a safe place to live, and health insurance? Your doctor can tell you about community resources or refer you to a social worker.
These checkup sheets are consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/Bright Futures guidelines.